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26  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Obama to announce sweeping changes in Cuba policy today! on: December 17, 2014, 10:41:18 am
RIP Florida Democratic Party
27  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Sony hackers threaten 9/11 style attacks on theaters that show "The Interview". on: December 16, 2014, 10:16:35 pm
What are the chances that someone inside Sony hacked themselves in order to gin up publicity for this?
28  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Could North Carolina be more Democratic than Florida in 2016? on: December 16, 2014, 05:33:33 pm
Sure, if Bush is the candidate. Besides that, not a chance.
29  General Politics / Economics / Re: The ruble is collapsing on: December 16, 2014, 12:36:07 pm
Is there any actual evidence that "the West" orchestrated the drop in oil prices, much less that there was a political motive against Putin specifically?
30  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: 100 children killed in a school attack in Pakistan on: December 16, 2014, 11:42:36 am
Yes, this will win public support against the Army's offensive.
31  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Simple Truths Silver Mine on: December 15, 2014, 10:29:44 pm
I hope Obama does the right thing and drones him before he leaves office.

Why on Earth would Obama do that to such a strong progressive voice?

Massive FF. Hilarious, utter f[inks]ing genius, and a great fighter for progressive causes.

Family Guy tends massively chauvinistic and frequently degrading to women.  I know he doesnt write most of it but he isnt really progressive at core.

So then opebo isn't a progressive?

This post sums up BRTD's misunderstanding about opebo perfectly.
32  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Would Warren being a Reagan-Bush voter hurt her among Democrats? on: December 15, 2014, 09:20:45 pm
There's a difference between being a Republican in the mid-1960s as a teenager and being one in the mid-1990s as a middle aged woman
33  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Americans Support Gun Rights Over Gun Control -Pew Poll Shows on: December 15, 2014, 08:36:07 pm
After great stories like this, of course. Power to the people!


MAPLE VALLEY, Wash. -- A suspected car thief who was in the middle of breaking into a pickup truck was shot and killed by the truck's owner in Maple Valley early Tuesday morning, King County Sheriff's deputies said.

Because you obviously deserve to die for attempting to steal a truck.

What would Jesus do?

He would have blasted away.

Not even christian but seriously.


If a thief is caught breaking in at night and is struck a fatal blow, the defender is not guilty of bloodshed

I am Christian, and you forgot the next part of the quote:

2 “If a thief is caught breaking in at night and is struck a fatal blow, the defender is not guilty of bloodshed; 3 but if it happens after sunrise, the defender is guilty of bloodshed.


This did occur before sunrise, but if it had happened after sunrise, the defender would be guilty...
34  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Sandy Hook families sue gun manufacturor...... on: December 15, 2014, 05:58:25 pm
I'm pretty sure Congress banned suing gun manufacturers to prevent a repeat of the 1998 tobacco settlement.
35  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Hillary or Warren... on: December 15, 2014, 11:59:39 am
Either one would be great. Judging from online comments, a lot of Republicans agreed with Warren's opposition to the roll back of Dodd-Frank. Even Laura Ingraham said she was right.
36  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: China admits to executing an innocent 18-year old on: December 15, 2014, 11:55:58 am
A perfect example of why the death penalty must go [for all except very extreme cases].
37  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: What do you think the government should provide? on: December 14, 2014, 03:47:14 pm
Ideally? Nothing. "If men were Angels..." etc. etc.

In reality? At least food; no one should starve to death. At least housing; no one should be out on the streets at night, especially during wintertime. At least health care and the accompanying insurance; no one should shy away from the hospital for fear of bankruptcy.

And numerous other things besides, but obviously, concentrated among the needy, and not in a luxurious or ostentatious way.
38  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Post Presidential political career for President Obama? on: December 14, 2014, 03:40:59 pm
Imam to the U.S. branch of the Kenyan Marxist party.
39  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinions on the following issues on: December 14, 2014, 05:12:10 am
Abortion is a Women's Right - Support
Gay Marriage - Strongly Support
Affirmative Action - Oppose
Absolute Right to Gun Ownership - Oppose
Capital Punishment - Oppose
Prayer in Schools - Strongly Oppose
Make Taxes more Progressive - Strongly Support
Privatize Social Security - Strongly Oppose
Government playing a stronger role in Healthcare - Strongly Support
School Vouchers - Support
Legalize Marijuana - Strongly Support
Stimulus Better than Market Recovery - What?
Expand Drilling - Support
Prioritize Green Energy - Neutral
Animal Rights - Strongly Support
Expand the power of Unions - Support
Pathway to citizenship for Illegal Immigrants - Support
Protectionism in trade - Neutral
Increase military spending - Neutral
40  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: "Cromnibus" Spending Bill - Averting a Shutdown on: December 14, 2014, 02:00:29 am
Oh god, now even Brian Schatz isn't far left enough Roll Eyes
41  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: President Obama approval poll on: December 14, 2014, 12:54:46 am
Approve, but would like him to be more conciliatory and enact some Republcan polices to improve the mood in Washington. Now that the tea party is marginalized, they can be worked with.
42  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: opinion of the Red Pill movement? on: December 14, 2014, 12:34:20 am
What is it?  I tried to look on their reddit, but I couldn't really make heads or tails of what they're talking about.  

Basically it's a cesspool of extremely bitter and hateful misogyny.  There's more to it, but that's really all you need to know.
43  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Republican and Democratic US Senate Streaks on: December 14, 2014, 12:29:04 am
Any blue state would be lucky to have a Senator as good as Frank Church. But somehow he served 4 terms in Idaho.

And yet Texas would somehow elect a Democrat before Idaho? Makes no sense.
44  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: "Cromnibus" Spending Bill - Averting a Shutdown on: December 14, 2014, 12:03:59 am
What's the rationale for voting aye on cloture and nay on the final bill? Just to be able to say they voted against it?
45  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of François Hollande on: December 13, 2014, 11:02:57 pm
As long as he doesn't hand the country over to FN...
46  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Why is Obama so unpopular? on: December 13, 2014, 06:39:28 pm
May I suggest that Obama's "unpopularity" have to do with one thing:

He has been president in 6 years, people are just tired of him, like they are of most two terms presidents, when there are less than 2 years to the next presidental election. Right now he seems tired, impotent and rather powerless, he has gotten most of what he was elected to do through, he's just cleaning the last things up he promise, he's the past, dead man walking etc. People look forward to the next dynamic president, with a fresh new vision for America, everything Obama is not anymore.

Which is why I pointed out that Eisenhower, Reagan and Clinton were all popular late into their terms, showing unpopularity is not inevitable.
47  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Why is Obama so unpopular? on: December 13, 2014, 06:36:35 pm
I don't know, the political environment in 2009 was so toxic that no government action was getting public support. It wasn't just ACA. Even the stimulus bill was derided. And it wasn't just Republicans- turn on NPR at the time and all you could hear was that monotone radio voice droning on about this or that minor shortcoming of the stimulus, the surging deficit, the latest job losses, etc. The public mood at the time was universally negative, and for the first half of the year Obama just seemed to float above it all, like some sort of angel or visage separated by clouds from the storm beneath. In 1933 at least Franklin Roosevelt had the public behind him. When he said in his inaugural that he might have to ask for "broad executive powers" to address the crisis, people cheered. There was a rally-around-the leader effect, as you see in many crises.

But in 2009 it was not there, quite the opposite. When people needed to come together the most, we were coming apart. When people ought to have supported expansionary, Keynesian policies the most, deficit hysteria and gold bugism was at its peak. I still remember how sales of books like The 5000 year leap, atlas shrugged and so on, suddenly appeared on the bookshelves that winter, driven by sales. Years later many liberals faulted the stimulus for not having been larger. I almost replied, you weren't there to defend the one we did get, so how could you expect the public to acquiesce for more? Even now, I look back and think it somewhat of a miracle that we got out of that period the way we did, without worse repercussions. Of course, I know for some radicals it was a disappointment, because a much deeper collapse would have broken the system and forced the government to do what Obama did not, which was to break up the banks and really enact a new, New Deal.

This is not to say health care reform would have been popular in "normal" times; we have 1993-1994 as an example. It may be that just as only Nixon could go to China, only a Republican can pass health care reform. That, or a crisis that brings people together like Britain in the 1940s, and not America in the late 2000s.
48  General Politics / Individual Politics / Michael Brown vs. Radio Raheem on: December 13, 2014, 05:47:22 pm
49  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: In a presidential candidate, what is experience to you? on: December 12, 2014, 04:05:15 pm
Possibly it could work, IMO, if you shift Secretary of Energy before his governorship. Bill Richardson and Andrew Cuomo pulled off similar moves. A Cabinet official needs elected experience as a must, to run for president. An elected official doesn't need to be in the Cabinet, bar extraordinary circumstances (Hillary, etc.). But that's just my opinion.
50  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: In a presidential candidate, what is experience to you? on: December 12, 2014, 03:55:25 pm
Indeed, Winfield. I agree completely.

How would you feel to the following resume for a candidate?

Has a J.D. in law from Yale.

Fulbright Scholar. 

Elected at age 26 to the State House, serves a total of 4 years.

Elected at age 30 to the State Senate, serves a total of 2 years

Elected at age 32 to be Governor of a small state - about 1 million people. Serves one four year term.

Appointed after he leaves as Governor (age 36) to be Secretary of Energy, he's very popular at the job.

Leaves cabinet post to run for Senate, elected twice, and 1 year into his second term as Senator... runs for President.

Would that be enough experience? Or not?

I ask this specific question, as I'm writing a timeline.

He was doing fine until he accepted the Secretary of Energy position and became a Washington Insider.

Some things I would add:

Tall, 6'3
Good looking
Married to his high school sweetheart
Has two daughters and a son
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